EECE 737: Infants & Toddler
Critique of Exploring the Natural World with Infants and Toddlers in an Urban Setting Alyson E. Williams 2008
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eft&AN=508033536&site=ehost-live">Exploring the Natural World with Infants and Toddlers in an Urban Setting.</a>
In this journal article, the author describes exploring the natural world with infants and toddlers in urban settings as one of the components that characterizes the childhood. Exploring outdoor play is not always easy, but [it] enables infants and toddlers to learn innumerable lessons around them. Much of what a young child learns outside can be learned in various ways, but learning these lessons outside is particularly effective and more fun. Exploring children in the natural world around their neighborhood and community, infants and toddlers can learn farming, vocabulary, math, science, the seasons, the various time of the day, and all about the local weather. When taking children outdoors, they can learn an array of basic and fundamental information about how the world works in an effective manner. While exploring the natural world, children are more likely to remember what they learned because it was real and directly meaningful.
According to the author, children’s long term attitudes toward science as subject matter is based on attitude of teachers in children’s earliest experiences to [of] science. The author explains in the article that urban teachers need to keep positive attitudes about young children’s excitement in regards to exploring the natural world in their community. For instance, caterpillars or spiders can serve as a prime example. [A] Teachers’ curios [curiosity and] behavior [related to curiosity] is a model for young children. By showing children our excitement to the natural world, children will become excited as well. Getting ready to explore the natural world with infants and toddlers is not...